Rodney will rock you!

CARALISE TRAYES
Last updated 05:00 27/12/2012
Bachman Turner
BIG NAMES: Rodney hosts international acts including Bachman & Turner.

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An international lineup will rock Rodney this summer.

Much of the action through January and February will bring tens of thousands of visitors.

Top acts will be joined by a range of homegrown artists.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo with Bachman & Turner and America, The Hollies, Six60, Shihad, Kora, The Feelers, Jimmy Barnes and Gin Wigmore are just some of the key drawcards.

The music will be icing on the event-list cake with major shows including the Warkworth Rodeo and the 142nd Waipu Highland Games on New Year's Day.

Then there's the Puhoi Hotel Woodchopping Carnival on January 12, the Woodstock Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival on January 19 and 20 at Kumeu, the 40th Auckland Folk Festival from January 26 to 28, also at Kumeu, the Lions Big Dig at Orewa Beach on February 6 and the Waitemata A & P Country Show at the Western Reserve in Orewa on March 2 and 3.

Party goers looking for a New Year's Eve event can also take a pick.

A two-day Northern Bass Music Festival is at the Worsfold farm in Mangawhai on December 30 and 31. Overnight camping is encouraged. The site features a swimming lagoon, food and refreshments, a party atmosphere with drum and bass, dubstep and hip-hop with several stages and musical acts.

World class drum and bass DJ Andy C will be there along with dubstep pioneers Digital Mystikz and DubFX, and hip-hop DJs the Nextmen. Leading the dance music acts are Conchord Dawn, State of Mind and the Upbeats.

Visit northernbass.co.nz for more information.

Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana hosts a more formal New Year's Eve Extravaganza with entertainment from Manuel Gomez, bubbles and canapés, a special five course meal, and fireworks at midnight.

The Mangawhai Tavern welcomes trio Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith, along with Oceania Storm, singing in the new year. Jimmy Barnes and Gin Wigmore perform with The Thomas Oliver Band at the tavern tonight before Matakana Country Park on December 30.

Visitors can start New Year's Day kicking at the Warkworth Rodeo on January 1 at the Warkworth A&P Showgrounds from 10am.

The Waipu Highland Games, is on January 1, with clans marching in at 9am.

Fashion features Tartan in the Park at 2pm at the Caledonian Park.

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